2 Chronicles 21
Jehoram, succeeding Jehoshaphat, slayeth his brethren.
2 Chronicles 21:1 Now Iehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the citie of Dauid: and Iehoram his sonne reigned in his stead. 2 Chronicles 21:2 And he [had] brethren the sonnes of Iehoshaphat, Azariah, and Iehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: All these [were] the sonnes of Iehoshaphat king of Israel. 2 Chronicles 21:3 And their father gaue them great giftes of siluer and of golde, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Iudah: but the kingdome gaue hee to Iehoram, because he [was] the first borne. 2 Chronicles 21:4 Now when Iehoram was risen vp to the kingdome of his father, he strengthened himselfe, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and [diuers] also of the Princes of Israel.
His wicked reign.
2 Chronicles 21:5 Iehoram [was] thirtie and two yeeres olde when hee began to reigne, and hee reigned eight yeeres in Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for hee had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which [was] euill in the eyes of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of Dauid, because of the couenant that hee had made with Dauid, and as hee promised, to giue a light to him and to his sons for euer.
Edom and Libnah revolt.
2 Chronicles 21:8 In his dayes the Edomites reuolted from vnder the dominion of Iudah, and made themselues a king. 2 Chronicles 21:9 Then Iehoram went forth with his Princes, and all his charets with him: and he rose vp by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captaines of the charets. 2 Chronicles 21:10 So the Edomites reuolted from vnder the hand of Iudah vnto this day. The same time also did Libnah reuolt from vnder his hand, because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers. 2 Chronicles 21:11 Moreouer, he made high places in the mountaines of Iudah, and caused the inhabitants of Ierusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Iudah [thereto].
The prophecy of Elijah against him in writing.
2 Chronicles 21:12 And there came a writing to him from Eliiah the Prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Dauid thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the wayes of Iehoshaphat thy father, nor in the wayes of Asa king of Iudah: 2 Chronicles 21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Iudah and the inhabitants of Ierusalem to goe a whoring, like to the whoredomes of the house of Ahab, and also hast slaine thy brethren of thy fathers house, which were better then thy selfe: 2 Chronicles 21:14 Behold, with a great plague wil the LORD smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wiues, and all thy goods. 2 Chronicles 21:15 And thou [shalt haue] great sicknesse by disease of thy bowels, vntil thy bowels fall out, by reason of the sickenesse day by day.
The Philistines and Arabians oppress him.
2 Chronicles 21:16 Moreouer, the LORD stirred vp against Iehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that [were] neere the Ethiopians. 2 Chronicles 21:17 And they came vp into Iudah, and brake into it, and caried away all the substance that was found in the kings house, and his sonnes also and his wiues; so that there was neuer a sonne left him, saue Iehoahaz, the yongest of his sonnes.
His incurable disease, infamous death, and burial.
2 Chronicles 21:18 And after all this, the LORD smote him in his bowels, with an incurable disease. 2 Chronicles 21:19 And it came to passe, that in processe of time, after the end of two yeres, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickenesse: so hee dyed of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers. 2 Chronicles 21:20 Thirtie and two yeeres old was he when he began to reigne, and he reigned in Ierusalem eight yeeres, and departed without being desired: howbeit, they buried him in the citie of Dauid, but not in the sepulchres of the kings.